Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes - An Essay by Paul Driftmier, Jr.

This was shared on facebook, and I'm publishing it verbatim and in its entirety since I'm not sure if y'all will be able to follow the link. This was written by Paul Driftmier, Jr., who in my opinion, is not only well spoken, but quite brave as well. For you see my friends, young Paul attends public school in DANE COUNTY!!!!
The following is a paper that my 14 year old son, Paul, Jr. asked me to read over for him before he turns it in tomorrow to his "Language Arts" teacher. I did not help him with this and I didn't even know he was writing it until minutes ago when he handed it to me. I thought it very well done and deserving of a high grade. I asked him if I could post it to my facebook page in hopes that others among my friends would read and comment upon it. I'm curious to know what you all think and what you predict his grade will-, or should-, be based soelely upon the merits of the piece.

Government Control

The laws in this country are too strict. The government is creating far too many laws that are turning America into a communist country. Whether or not you think the government is helping America in any way by increasing the number of laws it has, or the number of things it is providing to the American People, it is actually hindering its population’s ability to be independent.

For Example, a man by the name of Mr. Norris was imprisoned several times because he accidentally messed up a few papers in his small orchid selling business. He was just a 65-year-old man trying to make a living off of selling orchids to flower enthusiasts. Since the flowers he was selling were foreign and endangered, he had to get permits for every single one of them. His Latin American suppliers usually had sloppy handwriting and often messed up his papers. “It was rare for each permit to match each order perfectly.” Mr. Norris was getting repeatedly imprisoned for someone else’s’ mistakes.

Now, ask yourself this question; do you want to have your life controlled by the government? If you want to stay living in a free country, you have to stay independent. You cannot allow the government to take control over your life by relying on it for everything. In March of 2011, 60.8 million members of the American population were reportedly dependent on the government for their daily housing, food and health care. Since 2001, the dependency of the American people on the government skyrocketed 31%. At this rate, America will be almost completely dependent on the government for nearly everything.

Still, many people think that if the government does not make things required by law, then the people will not do those things on their own. Well, if “the people” let the government take control by making all sorts of things required by law, then they will do exactly that and more. The state will see that as an opportunity. It will take over all of the other aspects of the people’s lives, such as their food, clothing, housing, employment, and more. “Justice is harsher in America than in any other country.”

For Instance, 2.3 – 2.4 million people in the U.S. are imprisoned as of July of 2010. In comparison, America has 12 times more imprisoned people than Japan. The only country that compares is Russia, with 600 out of every 100,000 people imprisoned. The U.S. has over 750 out of every 100,000 people sentenced to jail.

In conclusion, the government should not the people’s into our lives by creating all kinds of laws. Many of these laws are overly strict and can get you imprisoned for simple errors in your life, like writing some permit papers incorrectly.
Kudos to you Paul...you do indeed restore my faith in the future.

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